Abitur exams start in Bavaria | BR24

The Abitur begins in all secondary schools in Bavaria with a written exam in German, followed on April 29 by a written exam in a freely chosen subject, such as a foreign language, social or science subject. Then on May 3 it was the turn of mathematics. High school graduates majoring in French take the test on May 5th.

This year, all exams will be completed before the Pentecost holiday, because the oral seminar exams in two other subjects will take place between May 16 and 27. Abitur Certificates will be available on June 24th.

Exams in BOS and FOS only at the end of May

For high school graduates of vocational schools (BOS) and technical colleges (FOS), written examinations in Bavaria begin on May 30, as well as with a German subject, and end with an English examination on June 3. Final certificates will be presented on July 8.

Between the impulse and the empty battery

Fabia Klein, a high school student at the Peter Fischer School in Nuremberg, has mixed feelings about graduating from high school. On the one hand, she is happy that she was finally able to write her exams. On the other hand, the past three school years have been stressful in homeschooling, distance learning, lesson sharing and quarantine. Before exams, she said, “I also need a break, and I think as a student I speak from everyone’s heart, because you can tell there’s no more power left. My battery is empty.”

Training courses offered by schools

Fabia Klein feels well informed by her school about examination procedures and also prepared in terms of content. Teachers offered refresher courses in core subjects or online sessions during the Easter holiday. At the Carl-Spitzweg-Gymnasium in Germering, students agreed to be shown correcting German essays during the holidays, according to principal Rita Bovenz.

The Minister of Education wants to create fair conditions

As in the past two years, the Ministry of Education is trying to make up for the disadvantages that students have suffered as a result of the pandemic.

Michael Piazzolo, Bavarian Minister of State for Education and Culture, emphasized that it was important for him to create “fair exam conditions and fair conditions for Abitur” again this year. Examiners get an additional 30 minutes for the written exams. The regulation was originally implemented because a mask had to be worn during the exam period. Although the examinees can now decide for themselves whether or not to wear a mask, time penalty remains. In addition, subjects were omitted from the test material.

The state student council still sees a need to relax

The Bavarian State Student Council (LSR) would have liked to see more “relaxation” in the test subjects, says high school graduate Fabia Klein, an LSR spokeswoman. After all, the current high school graduates would have spent an extra year under epidemic conditions in graduate school than they did last school year. The LSR complains that in “mebis”, the digital learning platform of the Bavarian Ministry of Education, there are hardly any educational materials like the older final exams to prepare for the Abitur.

Protection from infection is a top priority

Officially, the Corona requirements no longer apply to the Abitur exams. However, the fear of contracting Covid19 infection during the Abitur is high among students and teachers – but so is the degree of personal responsibility, Principal Rita Povins noted: “The students were actually all very sane and told me they were leaving in the same kind of quarantine during the holidays, even Don’t put Abitur in danger, take the mask seriously.”

According to Michael Schwagerl, president of the Bavarian Association of Linguists, 80-90 percent of teachers want to wear a mask during the Abitur years, even though masks are no longer mandatory in schools. School boards continue to recommend the wearing of masks on a voluntary basis.

Many schools conducted coronavirus tests again on Monday and rely on voluntary self-tests due to the lack of time on exam days. Even high school graduates are allowed to interrupt the coronavirus quarantine in April, provided they do not test positive.

Distance and ventilation trump cards

Schools ensure the best possible protection from infection by organizing tests – depending on local conditions – with the greatest possible distance between participants, for example in gyms and gymnastics rooms or in small groups. It is broadcast regularly.

The gym at the Carl-Spitzweg-Gymnasium is currently unavailable, which is why the 128 graduates of the secondary schools are divided into 12-15 rooms, and all the other students are now in digitally supported distance learning. Other schools only allow examinees into the school building today.

Back to normal

The desire for normalcy in everyday school life is great, and continuous face-to-face teaching in the current school year was an important first step. In the Carl-Spitzweg-Gymnasium, there was also the first post-pandemic lower school theater, with few visitors, and a useful Ukraine concert. “The other side of the pandemic is that you value things like this again,” says Rita Bovins.

Michael Schwagerel does not see that the effects of the epidemic at school have been overcome: “Everyone who has now started the Abitur has shown that they have been able to handle the situation. But you must not forget others either. This means what with the loads of Corona and the turmoil that will occupy us for the next few years “.

For Fabia Klein, in addition to exams with the best possible grades, it is especially important that in her graduation year she has a “real graduation party” again.

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